Historical Events in June 1954

  • Jun 1 Czech distance runner Emile Zatopek breaks his own 10,000m world record, clocking 28:54.2 in Brussels, Belgium
  • Jun 2 John Costello (Cons) becomes premier of Ireland
  • Jun 4 Arthur Murray flies X-1A rocket plane to record 27,000 m
  • Jun 4 France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union
  • Jun 5 "Your Show Of Shows" last airs on NBC-TV

Catholic Encyclical

Jun 5 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ecclesiae fastos

  • Jun 7 1st microbiology laboratory dedicated (New Brunswick NJ)

Historic Event

Jun 9 Joseph Welch asks US Senator Joseph McCarthy "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" during Senate-Army hearings

  • Jun 10 KQED TV channel 9 in San Francisco, California (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 10 PBS reaches SF: KQED (Channel 9) starts broadcasting
  • Jun 12 "Girl in Pink Tights" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 115 performances
  • Jun 12 86th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard High Gun wins in 2:30.8

Music Single

Jun 12 Bill Haley & His Comets release the hit single "Rock Around the Clock"

  • Jun 12 Milwaukee Braves spot starting pitcher Jim Wilson throws first no-hitter in history of County Stadium when he blanks Philadelphia Phillies, 2-0
  • Jun 13 Cornerstone of Albert Einstein College of Medicine laid in Bronx

Historic Event

Jun 14 President Eisenhower signs order adding words "under God" to the Pledge

  • Jun 15 Great Britain's 2 biggest steel factories nationalized
  • Jun 15 UEFA (Union des Associations Européennes de Football) is formed in Basle, Switzerland
  • Jun 16 Dutch military conscription shortened from 20 to 18 months

Election of Interest

Jun 16 Ngô Đình Diệm elected Prime Minister of the State of Vietnam (South Vietnam)

Historic Event

Jun 17 CIA exile army lands in Guatemala. Organised by John Foster Dulles and United Fruit Co.

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 17 Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles by unanimous points decision in his 3rd world heavyweight boxing title defence at Yankee Stadium, NYC

  • Jun 17 Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends
  • Jun 18 4th Berlin International Film Festival: "Hobson's Choice" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)
  • Jun 18 Pierre Mendès forms French government

Sports History

Jun 19 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Glen Flora CC: Betty Jameson wins 6 & 5 over Louise Suggs in the final

  • Jun 19 Tasmanian Devil debuts in "Devil May Hare" by Warner Bros
  • Jun 19 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Ed Furgol wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Gene Littler
  • Jun 21 Australian middle distance runner John Landy runs world record mile (3:58.0) and 1500m (3:41.8+) in Turku, Finland
  • Jun 22 Congress passes revised organic act for Virgin Islands
  • Jun 23 122°F (50°C), Overton, Nevada (state record until June 29, 1994)
  • Jun 24 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" closes at Imperial NYC after 229 performances

Sports History

Jun 26 Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4

  • Jun 27 1st atomic power station opens - Obninsk, near Moscow in Russia
  • Jun 27 CIA-sponsored rebels overthrow elected government of Guatemala
  • Jun 27 Hungary beats Brazil, 4-2 in the "Battle of Berne" as FIFA World Cup quarter-final descends into an all-out brawl with 3 players sent-off; fighting continues in dressing rooms after final whistle
  • Jun 28 111°F (44°C) at Camden, South Carolina (state record)

Historic Event

Jun 29 US Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr Robert Oppenheimer

  • Jun 30 Largest check: Internal US Treasury check at $4,176,969,623.57